Domestic violence is a clear priority for Norfolk police according to new report
PUBLISHED: 06:36 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:13 27 March 2014
Victims of domestic abuse in Norfolk can have confidence in the service they receive from police, according to a report published today.
The national review by police watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says domestic abuse is a ‘clear priority’ for police in the county.
Chief constable Simon Bailey welcomed the findings and said the report recognises the huge strides made by both police and partner agencies to tackle domestic abuse and provide wide-ranging support to victims.
“There has been a huge amount of investment in recent times in improving the response to domestic abuse in Norfolk with a view to keeping even more victims safe, preventing re-offending and bringing offenders to justice,” he said.
“Agencies, across the board, are working closer than ever before to identify and protect those who are vulnerable and we are pleased HMIC agree that generally our communities can have confidence in the service we provide.”
The HMIC report follows an inspection of Norfolk Constabulary’s response to domestic abuse carried out in August. Figures show that, in the 12 months to the end of August 2013, Norfolk recorded 3,277 domestic abuse related crimes which accounted for 9% of all crime recorded in the county. During this period, 84 arrests were made for every 100 domestic abuse crimes compared to figures nationally of between 45 and 90.
The inspection team highlighted a strong focus by both the chief constable and police and crime commissioner to improve the response to domestic abuse and in keeping victims safe, a commitment they observed in staff at all levels.
The force has worked to improve its response to domestic abuse and has implemented wide-ranging measures to support this including implementing risk assessments to better identify and deal with high risk victims and repeat offenders and prioritising domestic abuse calls to ensure they are attended within four hours.
Mr Bailey added: “We know many victims struggle to share their experience or report the abuse. We remain committed to further strengthening our services in this area, including taking on board the HMIC recommendations.”
Norfolk police and crime commissioner Stephen Bett said: “This report is both welcome and encouraging, but is also a reminder that we have more to do.”
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